Mendoza clone, crushed, pressed, wild-fermented on solids in tight grain French puncheons, no mlf, matured on lees for 11 months. The complex, tangy, faintly funky, bouquet leads into an intense palate, grapefruit very much to the fore, and driving the long, very tightly bound, finish and aftertaste. The natural acidity, coupled with the absence of mlf, will mean a slow boat to China - but what an enjoyable one.
98 points, James Halliday (March 2018)
Light straw colour, with pungent grapefruit and lemon aromas, almost tropical, a bit passionfruity, the acidity also very shrill in its citrusy fruitiness. This wine is unusually pungent and very fruit-driven. The question is will it develop some sulfide funk in the bottle? It has great precision, line and length, and is very restrained, delicate and still hiding a lot. Great potential; needs time.
96 points, Huon Hooke (July 2018)
Such elegance, such length. It’s tangy and citrussy but then pure slides of white peach, grapefruit, juicy pear and spicy oak rush in. Everything feels measured and seamless; there’s nothing voluptuous here, it’s all about restraint, finesse and (most of all) persistence. It’s not really for drinking now; it needs a few years.
95 points, Campbell Mattinson (February 2019)
The Kirby family set up Yabby Lake in 1992, however, it wasn’t until 1998, that they located and planted their first vineyard site in the sub-region of Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula. Under the winemaking helm of Tom Carson, Yabby Lake has built an enviable reputation for crafting impeccably balanced premium wines highly expressive of variety and site. Alongside the Yabby Lake estate label, several other ranges are produced including Heathcote Estate, and Yabby Lake’s early drinking second label Red Claw.
Red Claw is the highly-regarded ‘second-label’ of Yabby Lake. Its primary focus is the Mornington Peninsula, where Yabby Lake has 50 hectares of estate vineyards at Moorooduc. Red Claw makes ‘fresh, expressive wines from our own vineyards’ and strives for a quality image, but without complications. ‘For all our style’, they say, ‘there’s a whole lot of substance to back it up’. Red Claw’s Peninsula-sourced range comprises Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Red Claw Shiraz comes from Heathcote, where Heathcote Estate is part of the group.